SAFARI CAMPS: Exclusive Eco-Camps in Private Conservancies
is to work together with rural landowners and communities
living alongside Protected Areas with the objective of running
a viable business that enables the community to derive benefits
in return for conserving wildlife and the indigenous habitat.
Camps are exclusive eco-friendly tented camps that have no
permanent structures and accommodate a maximum of 12 guests.
The camps consists of 6 spacious tents, comfortably furnished,
lighted with solar power, with water-saving safari showers
and flush toilets. Other than the Kenyan camp manager, head
chef and head guide, all other staff are from the local community
and guests have the opportunity to interact and learn about
them and their culture. There are no other mini-vans in the
conservancy, allowing guests to enjoy a unique experience
compared to traditional mass-tourist lodges and camps.
Camps are run and maintained with the conservation of the
environment at the forefront. We have a written environmental
policy in regards to water, land, energy, solid waste
and sewage which is adhered to by the camp management. The
numbers of tourist visitors are being limited to retain the
wild and unspoilt nature of the area and to minimise the impact
on the environment. During their stay our guests have various
opportunities to learn about the local Maasai people and how
the Conservancy and Porini Camps' goals are aligned with theirs.
Maasai warriors escort guests on a walk in the conservancy
where they can learn about how the various indigenous animals
and plants are used by the community and how their way of
life is intertwined with their surroundings.
ourselves in having highly qualified safari guides and they
enhance the experience by educating the guests about the flora,
fauna and people of the surrounding areas. Guests are taken
on day and night game drives in our custom built open-sided
4x4's. In the evening they are taken to a scenic spot, with
a view of Mt Kilimanjaro, to enjoy a drink while watching
the sun go down. A night game drive is taken on the way back
to camp, giving guests the opportunity to see many of the
elusive nocturnal animals.
As a result of the community receiving a direct benefit from
wildlife there has been a change in attitude towards the concept
of wildlife conservation. The community members have given
their positive support to conservation and there is no snaring
or harassing of wildlife. The members see the wildlife as
a resource which belongs to them and are enthusiastic about
encouraging wildlife to move into their Conservancy.
conservancy, and model for the subsequent ones, was established
in the late 90s at Selenkay and where we established the Amboseli
Porini Camp. The Camp and conservancy currently employ over
50 members from the community with take-home wages significantly
higher than the country average. In 2006 the conservancy has
had over 800 guests The Group Ranch has been receiving regular
quarterly payments of the lease without delays since the start
of the project. Bednight fees and visitor entry fees have
increased greatly this year as a result of improving tourism
and all payments are received promptly every month. Over USD
25,000 per year is now flowing to the Group Ranch account
with no associated costs and a further over USD 70,000 a year
is going to the community in wages.
the Maasai at Selenkay were entirely dependent upon their
livestock. In recent decades they have lost much of their
traditional seasonal grazing areas outside the Group Ranch.
They're no longer able to range over all their historic communal